Tertia sent around this email to a couple bloggers this morning. I think her email is fair comment in light of the controversy over the 2007 SA Blog Awards and she gave me permission to republish it here:
i know i am a big girl, and i know i am hormonal, but i have been really disappointed and annoyed at how whingey and whiney and moany the SA blogging community have been.
All (some) people seem to do is whine and moan about every thing. The 27 dinners, the blog awards blah blah blah. Ok, ok, you can’t please all the people all the time, but why can’t we at least try and see the positive?
And then, when something really great and positive happens to one of us, one of our little group of local bloggers (I am talking about been short listed as a Blooker prize finalist), hardly any one blogs about it. it is making international headlines, this is a big deal! Can’t believe the names on that list – Frank Warren, Seth Goldin, the guys from Daily Kos! tertia albertyn, negativity, complaints, sa blog awards, let’s talk about something else
There are two stories in the last week which bring home the cold, hard fact that many of the so called children going through schools today are not children, rather they are sociopaths. A sociopath is defined as "a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience." To take it a little further, antisocial personality disorder, according to Wikipedia, is the following:
Antisocial personality disorder (abbreviated APD or ASPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the DSM-IV-TR recognizable by the disordered individual’s disregard for social rules and norms, impulsive behavior, and indifference to the rights and feelings of others. The World Health Organization’s ICD-10 diagnostic manual uses dissocial personality disorder instead. The concept psychopathy (not to be confused with psychosis) generally denotes a related but more severe personality disorder.
Sociopathy is sometimes claimed to be a less formal synonym for this disorder based on terminology from an older edition of the DSM. Various experts have co-opted the terms psychopathy and sociopathy inconsistently to mark differences in meaning they believe are theoretically important although there is a consensus that both terms refer to personality disorders with prominent norm-breaking and socially disruptive behavior.
The first story is about a scary discovery made by a teacher at Paarl Gymnasium. He came across three students who were described in IOL as doing the following:
A teacher caught a girl, 14, being sodomised by a matric pupil, 17, while she was providing oral sex to a grade nine pupil aged 16 on the school premises, Son said.
Said the 16-year-old: "We were making a ‘sandwich’ when the teacher arrived. She was in the middle, I was in front and my friend was behind her."
The three students were expelled.
In the second story, the following video emerged from a class at a school I understand to be Grey High School. What seems to have happened is that the teacher was trying really hard to do his job and found his class less than interested in what he was trying to do and instead, they were intent on doing whatever their dear little black hearts inspired them to do. The end result is yet another distraught teacher who perhaps went a little too far in expressing his feelings about the situation. Listen for the noises the students are making while the teacher tries to talk.
What really blows my mind is that these students don’t seem to care what they are doing to this teacher. They have no apparent grasp of the notion that their teacher is a human being who is trying to do his job. Another interesting point which was made by a commentator on the post on Jo’blog is the following:
Did you hear them baiting him at the beginning? It was clearly a setup. A kid just *happens* to be recording the video as all the other kids cause shit and the teacher loses it? And then at the end of the video, the boy in the next seat says “can you bluetooth that to me?”. They knew what they were doing.
These students just give rocks. They do what pleases them with no regard for the consequences of their actions. They have no sense of responsibility. These are not children. They are sociopaths and I am not looking forward to this generation stepping up to the plate in a decade or so. Imagine one of these delinquents becoming President. You think George W Bush is bad?
We hope you have enjoyed these videos and would love to hear what you think about them? Do you want to see similar interviews on this site in the future? If you do, what do you think about the format?